Unpaved Podcast

Unpaved Podcast: routes and highlights on komoot

Unpaved Podcast

Unpaved Podcast: routes and highlights on komoot

Collection by Unpaved Podcast

You've found the official route collection for Unpaved, the adventure cycling & bikepacking podcast.When we first conceived the Unpaved podcast, we knew we wanted to give our audience more than just something to listen to.We want to not only inspire you to ride, but also give you the tools to get out there. One of the greatest barriers for many people to riding off road is knowing where to head for the quality trails.During our travels with Unpaved, we'll be bringing you routes from each episode. Put together with the local knowledge of our guests, why not go and check them out for the very best local riding from all over the UK and beyond.Find these dirt gems here and give us a follow while you're there to find out about all our new routes as soon as they're released.Find out more about Unpaved and listen here: unpavedpodcast.com
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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    03:15
    24.1 mi
    7.4 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Route thanks to Tom, co-owner at The Woods Cyclery, Lyndhurst; thewoodscyclery.co.ukWith thanks to Tom and Will from Brother Cycles (brothercycles.com) for joining us for episode one.

    Difficult
    02:49
    21.5 mi
    7.6 mph
    1,800 ft
    1,800 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Thank you to Stef from Pannier.cc for making this route in his Dark Peak back yard. Read more slow travel stories on the Pannier.cc journal and have a look through their tours at pannier.ccCheck out more about the Second City Divide route at the komoot here: komoot.com/collection/898918/rough-stuff-of-the-north-second-city-divide and some previous accounts on their website at secondcitydivide.cc.If you fancy trying some of Christian & Luke's Outdoor Provisions bars, you can find more about those here: outdoorprovisions.co.ukThanks to Luke for the photos.

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  • Difficult
    04:11
    28.9 mi
    6.9 mph
    2,275 ft
    2,300 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Thanks to Rich Seipp (@richpips) from Alpkit & Sonder Bikes for the cracking route, as well as Alpkit Hathersage for their amazing hospitality!

    Difficult
    02:33
    21.6 mi
    8.5 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Thanks to Mark from Bike Zone Oxford for the route guidance (bike-zone.co.uk) - if you're in the area be sure to pop into the shop and ask for some help, they've got loads of great local knowledge to share with you. A huge thank you to The Racing Collective's Miles, Philippa and Tom for joining up to ride and record episode three.

    Difficult
    05:45
    43.0 mi
    7.5 mph
    2,900 ft
    2,900 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Here's a route from Frome as ridden in 2019 on the Bicycle Academy x komoot social ride, thanks to Gaby Thompson for the corking route! Enjoy riding through the Longleat Estate past the zoo, on the quiet beautiful up to the Heaven's Gate sculpture and then through the brilliant forest trails down to Shearwater Lake. There's a brilliant cafe there and then plenty more bridleways and byways to be explored, offering up some corking views over the Wiltshire countryside.

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    The Woods Cyclery

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Fantastic bike shop, adventure & gravel bike focussed. Some hire bikes here and more at the sister shop Forest Leisure Cycling at Burley (forestleisurecycling.co.uk).

    Woods stock loads of great walking and cycling maps and regularly lead Sunday group rides which start and end with great coffee and locally baked cinnamon buns – not to be missed if you're visiting the area!

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    Business As Usual

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Coffee, bike workshop and frame painters. Look out for the little gravel car park through the blue gates, it's at the back through the big double height roller doors!

    The centre of the Bristol cycling community, you'll find Tim on the spanners doing bike servicing and merch at Forever Pedalling, Jammy behind the coffee machine of Camber and Bobby probably busy inside his paint studio.

    Great Wifi too so a good place to come and work too.

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    Bike Zone Oxford

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Brilliant bike shop with very helpful local staff. Mark helped us out with a cracking local off road loop and the other guys in the shop were super friendly when we visited. Right next to the Handlebar Bar/Cafe so a perfect stop off with plenty of good bike parking spaces outside.

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    Hitchcopse Pit

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Brilliant natural sandy bowl that's fantastic fun on a cross, gravel or MTB. There's a sandpit for cyclocross practice and loads of lines/trails up some technical banks - have fun!

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    Cumnor byway road

    Bike Touring Highlight

    This linking Byway road to Cumnor village appears to be a farm access road across the fields. It's pretty easy going light gravel, but you'll have to dodge a few pothole puddles when it's been wet!

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    The Handlebar Cafe

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Fantastic coffee bar downstairs next to Bike Zone Oxford bike shop, plus a cafe upstairs. Fantastic brunches and great coffee, Magda was brilliant!

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    Here the quiet single carriageway tarmac road that runs along the western edge of Ladybower Reservoir crosses from one side of the valley to the other, passing over where the river Westend flows in. It meanders beautifully to join the reservoir here - why not pause a moment to enjoy!

    Difficult
    08:09
    64.5 mi
    7.9 mph
    4,250 ft
    3,475 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    For full daily route summaries and more information on the complete route, check out komoot.com/collection/898918/rough-stuff-of-the-north-second-city-divide

    Difficult
    08:41
    66.1 mi
    7.6 mph
    4,750 ft
    4,975 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    For full daily route summaries and more information on the complete route, check out komoot.com/collection/898918/rough-stuff-of-the-north-second-city-divide

    Difficult
    07:43
    55.0 mi
    7.1 mph
    4,050 ft
    3,925 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    For full daily route summaries and more information on the complete route, check out komoot.com/collection/898918/rough-stuff-of-the-north-second-city-divide

    Difficult
    09:04
    72.2 mi
    8.0 mph
    5,800 ft
    5,425 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    For full daily route summaries and more information on the complete route, check out komoot.com/collection/898918/rough-stuff-of-the-north-second-city-divide

    Difficult
    10:15
    75.8 mi
    7.4 mph
    6,575 ft
    7,175 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    For full daily route summaries and more information on the complete route, check out komoot.com/collection/898918/rough-stuff-of-the-north-second-city-divide

    Difficult
    08:52
    62.8 mi
    7.1 mph
    6,400 ft
    6,750 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    For full daily route summaries and more information on the complete route, check out komoot.com/collection/898918/rough-stuff-of-the-north-second-city-divide

    © OSM

    The Bicycle Academy

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    The Bicycle Academy is essentially a framebuilding school, where you can go and learn how to make your own bike frame. Alongside teaching beginners to pros framebuilding techniques, they also make and sell equipment to help people in their own workshops. There's an incredible pedigree of framebuilders the world over that have learnt their trade at The Bicycle Academy.

    Check them out at Bespoked or keep an eye out online for their community projects and rides throughout the year.

    Find out more here thebicycleacademy.org

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    The Oak Inn

    Bike Touring Highlight

    This is a brilliant pub not far out of Lyndhurst and very cyclist friendly.

    There are sheltered picnic benches outside next to the carpark with overhead heaters which means you can sit outside in comfort with your bikes as you enjoy a cuppa or some lunch. Great ale and rosemary roasted chips!

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    Slippery Stones Bridge - picnic spot

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    Lovely little stop for a picnic or a brew; right next to the bridge (which we're assured is a great wild swimming spot, perhaps not in January)! There's a little bench and you can choose gravel or road paths around the reservoir from here.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Highlights
    10
  • Distance
    536 mi
  • Duration
    71:18 h
  • Elevation
    40,400 ft
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Unpaved Podcast: routes and highlights on komoot